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South Africans are coming together to celebrate Caster Semenya after Nike released a new motivational video about the Olympic athlete’s early life.
“It doesn’t matter what you look like or where you are from. What matters is that you have that fire in you to chase your dreams,” the company tweeted along with the video on Sunday.
It doesn’t matter what you look like or where you are from.
What matters is that you have that fire in you to chase your dreams.
This is @caster800m Birthplace of Dreams. #JustDoItCaster pic.twitter.com/CbpmDkEb3F
— Nike (@Nike) November 24, 2019
Titled “Birthplace of Dreams”, the video didn’t take long to inspire South Africans, who took to Twitter to express their admiration for the sports star.
Seeing Caster Semenya’s strength in her battles with racism, discrimination and corruption in sports is heartbreaking yet she is ever an inspiration. No one should apologize for being born great!Kudos to her #JustDoItCaster pic.twitter.com/ncYykmZYNX
— M I C H U (@MichuEmenalo) November 25, 2019
If you ask anyone of them, it all starts with a dream…
— _Patie_B🦋 (@Patiencebaloyi9) November 24, 2019
— Mamosegare (@nancymphegoza) November 25, 2019
This legit made me cry 😪😭 how inspiring… ANYTHING is possible #JustDoItCaster
— the001 (@LesediiT) November 21, 2019
Some fans also quoted their favourite moments from the video as well.
We want to build a human before we can build an athlete before we can build a leader.#JustDoItCaster
— rawk (@rawkthethinker) November 25, 2019
— H2CiZO Productions (@RealHChinangwe) November 21, 2019
— Madimetša Ramathunyane (@Ramathunyane) November 25, 2019
The video promoting self-love and acceptance comes after the IAAF ruled earlier this year that Caster Semenya would have to take drugs to suppress her natural hormones in order to compete against other women.
Feature image: screenshot, Nike via YouTube